Verizon Promotes Buckley to Executive Director-Regulatory

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Verizon Communications today promoted Kathy Buckley to the post of

executive director for regulatory activities in West Virginia. She replaces Gale Given, who was named president of

Verizon West Virginia in July.

Buckley, an 18-year veteran of the company, began her career in Charleston in the network engineering organization,

where she engineered and coordinated the installation of call-switching systems.

Most recently, she directed Verizon's highly acclaimed WORLD SCHOOL initiative. Under the WORLD SCHOOL

program, Verizon and its predecessor, Bell Atlantic, brought high-speed Internet connections to nearly 700 schools

throughout the Mountain State.

Buckley, a native of Poca, W.Va., graduated from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a

bachelor's degree in engineering. She also has a master's degree in business administration from the West Virginia

Graduate College and a master's certificate in project management from the George Washington University School of


She also completed advanced management training at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. In addition, she

serves on the West Virginia University Extension Service Visiting Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors

for the United Food Operation for Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Buckley and her husband, Dana, have two sons and live in Teays Valley.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's

leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless

communications in the United States, with more than 101 million access line equivalents and more than 26 million

wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in

1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For

more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.